Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Kamal Nath, today 26 June 2019, approved 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) from the general category.
Those with annual income above Rs. 8 lakh or owning 5 acres of agricultural land (both irrigated or barren, rugged and rocky land), residential property of more than 1200 square feet in the municipal Corporation area, residential property of 1500 sq. Ft. in Municipality area and 1800 sq ft in the Nagar Panchayat area will not be entitled to avail the benefit of reservation for the economically weaker sections. No limit has been set in rural areas.
The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet decision is significant as ahead of parliamentary elections, Modi Cabinet, in its earlier stint, had on 7 January 2019 approved 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections cutting across religious lines in government jobs and education.
This decision was aimed at granting reservation to the general or the unreserved category of candidates from the economically backward or deprived sections.
The Union Cabinet decision to introduce quota for economically weaker sections came in the wake of BJP’s ouster from power in the Hindi heartland States- Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
The Parliament approved Constitution amendment [One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment Bill, 2019] in the second week of January 2019 to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to the economically weaker sections in the general category.